The Call of 5AM

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I’ve been a night owl most of my life. However, my schedule has been shaken up a few times and I was able to dismiss my night owl ways so that I could party with the dawn and enjoy the sunrise. I require really dramatic shifts in my physiological and emotional clock to get up early. When my son was born, I was no longer a night owl. I did dabble in night-owlism after his birth, but I was mostly a morning bird… because I had to be.

After the arrival of my son, I no longer stayed up till two in the morning as I had previously done, but was up much earlier and making very strong coffee at 5AM. Of course, as he got a little bit older I was able to stay up a little later and sleep in a little longer.

The call of 5AM was gone.

And then I moved from the East to West coast which again disrupted my circadian rhythm and I became a morning lark again. After a couple of weeks of waking at 4AM to start my day I couldn’t stop waking at that time. I enjoyed it. But my husband and I both noticed that our schedules were drifting further and further apart from each other.

So I ditched waking up between 4 AM and started to embrace my inner night-owl again. But then something else happened. Our life was shaken up by a temporary family member. Waking up early became a new part of my ritual again. Waking up early made me realize how much I missed the quiet of the morning and the productivity of the day. So, of course, it peaked my interest when I was reading Luke 21:38 which states:  And early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.

This is a beautiful scripture for many reasons. The first reason it’s beautiful is because you have a demonstration of love that the people have towards Yeshua. Biblically, we love Him because He first loved us. Most people wake up early because they have to – they need to – they have to go to work – or they wake up because they want to. But these people wanted to wake up early to hear God. The voice of God compelled them to get up in the morning before the world awoke.

We all need to wake up and hear Him in the morning before the rest of the day closes in on us. Before we check our email, have coffee, read the news, or cook breakfast we need to wake up and hear Him.

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